HAPPY NEW YEAR GUYS!!! I’ve always seen gorgeous videos of beauty gurus using gel eyeliner to create such perfect winged eyeliners that I had to try it myself. So when I looked for the most accessible, best eyeliner that was also cost effective, this particular one kept being suggested to me by various sources. It is the Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Liner.By the way, it’s my first gel eyeliner review.
Description: It is a gel eyeliner that comes in 2.5 grams or 0.08 oz. It comes with a synthetic bristle brush and comes in two shades (in Malaysia), 01 Black and 02 Brown.
Ingredients: TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ISODODECANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, CERESIN, CAPRYLYL METHICONE, SILICA SILYLATE, LAUROYL LYSINE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, HYDROXYAPATITE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES, CI 77007 / ULTRAMARINES, CI 77266 / BLACK 2
Price: MYR 43.90 (wait for a discount, SERIOUSLY!)
Where to buy: Major drugstores/pharmacies across the countries.
I actually used it in one of my Halloween looks. Used it for the dark hollows around the eyes.
Pros: > Very black and opaque. > Glides easily and applies smoothly. > Stays put. I didn’t experience smudging (there is a caveat; see “Cons”) > Longlasting. > Yes, to resolve the title question, it is beginner friendly because you can work slowly, tracing each step as you go since the dry down time on a gel eyeliner is longer than a liquid eyeliner. Very forgiving.
Cons: > Even after drying down the product stays a tiny bit tacky that annoys me to no end! I almost always have to use a black eyeshadow to set it. > Not particularly comfortable to wear as it felt like I used glue on my lids. > Although it doesn’t smudge, I would notice patches of the liner missing as it wears down. And I found that peculiar. > Although longlasting, the aforementioned patches missing presents an issue. > I ALWAYS place the lid back on PROPERLY but it still dried out faster rather than later.
Rating: 5.5/10 Although beginner friendly, a gel pen would be a better option than this particular product. This doesn’t mean I think pen eyeliner is objectively better than gel eyeliner. Personal preference trumps all. But no, I didn’t like this product although I got my money’s worth.
Woah, seems like it’s been forever since I’ve done one of these. So I’ve got A LOT of products!
Two notes: 1. I don’t feature an empty if I’ve featured it once before. 2. If a product has been reviewed, there will be link for you to read about it there.
This was in a product regret post. Need I say more? If you want to read it, click the link here. It’s entertaining! (I believe it is..)
I loved this lipstick from Maybelline. It is a dark, nude colour, perfect for deeper skin. It is also smooth and moisturising. Maybelline gets their lip products RIGHT!!! Unfortunately this was getting a little too old and it turned; started smelling like oil gone bad. Had to part ways. But it did get immortalised in my blog because it is one of the lipsticks I cut up for the header picture! Scroll up and CHECK IT OUT! I LOVE IT! I doubt these are in production anymore but their new Color Sensational lipsticks are just as amazing.
I got this lash glue from Lakshmi, my blogger friend from Big is Compatible (link here). She’s amazing and I loved this lash glue! I would love to repurchase but I’d have to order it online (which I hate). Would highly recommend and it’s pretty affordable!
I am getting rid of this because I had to actually remove the product from the tube to use it. The tub just wouldn’t wind up. It is an ok lip balm, nothing to shout out about. It was cheap too but, clearly not repurchasing (MYR 10.35). I don’t think they’re in production anymore anyway.
Got this on my trip to Thailand in 2016 from Boots (it is, in fact the Boots brand lip balm). It is the most ineffective lip balm I’ve ever used. Not repurchasing. Thai Baht 64.50; approximately MYR 8.50 (now).
I got this sample in a beauty bag by Bag of Love (they are very sporadic with their offerings which is why I am not sharing any of their socials). The next product is from this bag too. This product was pretty good. H2O+ does have some good products. Couldn’t find this exact product in full size so I don’t know how much it would cost. Wouldn’t repurchase if I can’t simply walk into a physical store and get it.
This eye cream was ok. Didn’t see a marked difference. Babor is a German company and their prices are THROUGH THE ROOF!!!!!!!!!! So nope. Not purchasing! I believe a full tub of this would set you back close to MYR 400 (yes, that’s two 00s)!
I got this purely out of nostalgia. I used to liberally apply this lip balm when I was doing my undergraduate degree back in 2008. It did work just as well as I remembered it but I’ve since found better… So, not repurchasing (MYR 8.30)!
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t exactly remember how I came into possession of this but I believe it was from my friend Daniel Boon! HI DANIEL!!! Unfortunately it’s from Origins and that means it’s expensive (full bottle – MYR 162) so I am not going to purchase. Not YET at least. But highly recommended!
This was so sad, because in spite of it being an under-performing eyeshadow I didn’t feel bad purchasing it because I loved the name of the shadow! It is from the Balm Shady Lady collection and in the shade Caught in the Act Courtney. Get back to me in the comment section if you got that reference. Anyway, although you can’t see in this picture, there was mold growing on it! 😥 RIP indeed!!!
This one has a story behind it. These cute things are about 13 years old. YES! I’m not kidding. By the way, I am still keeping them for a possibility of taking a header picture. But I thought they deserved a place in this post because I am at a place in my being where I don’t mind destroying them anymore. The three tier colour palette has several lipstick and lipgloss shades on the first tier and when performing dance during my undergraduate days I ended up using ALL of it to completion! I held on to it because it holds a lot of memories but at the moment, although those memories are cherished, some parts of it need a little edit and these eyeshadows are part of that edit.
Purchased from Mr. DIY. These are as good as cheap lashes go. They’re pretty dramatic and so very stage friendly. I used it on friends and it’s good for at MOST, two uses. When using on friends I don’t typically reuse even the same pair. And no, I don’t ask for payment when I do makeup on my friends. I do experiment on myself too and they’re ok! Very much like any cheap lashes you can find. Would repurchase if I did run out of others I have left… They cost about MYR 10-12. Yes, I am a cheapskate who’s obsessed with falsies…
I got this in a beauty subscription bag in support of a mental health foundation called #IWillBeOkay which was the brainchild of the late blogger Fiona Loh. Yes, unfortunately Fiona has moved on to a better place and plans for future subscription bags ended with her. This travel-sized Murad Age-Diffusing Serum was pretty good! It hydrated my skin without being oily and I loved it. Unfortunately it’s Murad and so it’s expensive. A full bottle will set you back MYR 389. I don’t think I’m purchasing. Not at the moment at least.
This was also from Fiona’s beauty bag. And yes, this was another product I absolutely loved! You will definitely get the marine odour but it doesn’t linger. Unfortunately this too is a pricier item, cashing in at MYR 158. Uhmmmm….. nope…. (not now at least).
Got this Calmia Oatmeal Therapy Cleansing Tissues from Althea and it was pretty good. Not extraordinary but it was good. At MYR 6, definitely recommended! Not repurchasing because I feel I get more mileage from cleansing water and cotton pads than something like this.
Bought this because I wanted to claim my 100 points free gift which was a travel sized primer. This was good! Definitely recommended. Not going to repurchase because I got myself some good lip balms!
I don’t know how I got this! I kind of feel bad saying that this didn’t do anything because this was a teeny tiny sample that I finished in one use! A full 150ml bottle costs MYR 99 which isn’t too bad but again, not something I’d willingly purchase simply because this wasn’t convincing enough for the price.
I received this in PR and I loved this cleanser! It did one thing VERY effectively, calm my face from producing zits. There’s something medicinal about it which I loved. It is sold at Watsons but at a whopping MYR 70. So, nope! Besides, I do have enough facial foaming cleanser to last me a while.
This was a Christmas gift! My brother didn’t really want it so I finished it on his behalf 😛 This was good! And it costs only MYR 6.90. But I am looking to natural deodorants instead of anti-perspirants simply to avoid added chemicals the body doesn’t need.
Got this in PR. I loved this perfume! Made me feel very macho every time I used it. Unfortunately it isn’t as long lasting as I want it to be. Wrote about it in length and if you want to check it out click here. Considering repurchasing but I do have other perfumes I love and use at the moment so not anytime soon. The female version is a lot more impressive and also a lot more long lasting! MYR 87 (each for the the female and the male version).
Got this in PR from Althea and I LOVE this product! It’s a bubble mask, it makes the skin feel soft and exfoliated. It’s easy to use and you only need to leave it on for a minute or two. It’s got 4.8/5 stars on the Althea website and is one of their bestseller. Need I make a more compelling argument? I am a little hesitant to purchase because it is MYR 52. But stellar product! Loved it!
Another gift by Lakshmi (I know right…. I have amazing friends!). This was meh. Kept my under arms smelling ok but meh… That’s the best I can say for it. Obviously not purchasing. MYR 11.90.
This is easily a 20 years old cologne. It is the Avon Wild Country cologne (and still in production believe it or not). I think my dad got this as a Christmas present, I may be wrong, maybe it was my Christmas gift, or not even a Christmas gift at all. When I was young, I felt ever so fancy when using it! With an ever-evolving palette and a more refined nose, found out about 15 years ago how terrible it actually is! WORST cologne ever! If you want to smell like a creepy pervert, this is your scent! Managed to finish it by using it sparingly and mixing it with other perfumes. Or by using it on my pants. Somehow, it’s done after 20 years. No hate towards Avon! I love Avon as a brand but I don’t love this cologne. MYR 21. Safe to say I ain’t getting into this Wild Country.
Got this when Althea was just a year old. They contacted me offering MYR 150 store credit in return for a post on my blog for their birthday celebrations (post link here). I don’t know if I could repurchase this brow product even if I wanted to because they don’t carry the brand anymore. This was a decent brow pencil. I still do have a refill (already attached). But I have other favourites so I wouldn’t repurchase anyway (originally MYR 40; purchased for MYR 13).
I FINALLY FINISHED THIS! Got this way back in 2015 and even wrote a post about it (link here). I remember thinking this was as good as any other facial blotter but I stand corrected. This is like a really thin tracing paper. It does blot oil off the face but it isn’t as soft or as effective as proper facial blotters. BUT here’s the twist. I would definitely repurchase! It’s just MYR 5.90 for 300 sheets. I don’t have particularly oily or sensitive skin and this works very well on my skin.
Oh, another Maybelline review. What can I say, I love a lot of products from the brand. It is perhaps the first makeup brand people know here in Malaysia and today I review the Baby Skin primer.
The product. Comes in an outer plastic box.
Ingredients list and some instruction on the side of the box.
The product. Clear silicone-y primer.
Blended out. It does fill up the pores and blur the skin as seen here.
Description: A dimethicone and silicone based primer that comes in 22ml product.
Ingredients: DIMETHICONE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, STEARYL HEPTANOATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SILICA SILYLATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, PRUNUS CERASUS EXTRACT / BITTER CHERRY EXTRACT [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR CI 73360 / RED 30 CI 77492 / IRON OXIDES]
Where to buy: Major pharmacies/drugstores nationwide.
Price: MYR 28.21
After about 7 hours.
I used it with the Maybelline Fit Me foundation, keeping with the brand. No primer side.
It isn’t so apparent in the picture but the side of the primer did break apart while the unprimed side stayed intact. What is obvious from the picture is the primed side is way oilier than the unprimed side.
It does fill up pores.
It does blur skin texture.
Generous amount of product for the price.
As evident, it didn’t hold up even with my not so oily skin.
Foundation breaks apart and patches of skin shows through when facial oils come through.
It moves too much underneath the foundation and so the foundation does not sit well.
The scent is nauseating to me.
Feels rather uncomfortable on the skin to me.
One expression; ‘meh’. Such a ‘meh’ product. Had it for over a year and it is not even a quarter used.
Maybelline Hypersharp Power Black Liquid Eyeliner – link here
I waited this long to review it because, like the glorious cheapskate I am, I had to wait for the price to dip at least 50% off before I purchased. And I did! One at 50% and the other at 60% off!!! I LOVE IT!!!
The two shades I own.
Description on the back of the bottle. Funny enough, one is made in U.S.A and the other made in China.
Even the description is laid out differently.
One peels off to reveal only ingredients (made in China), and the other peels off to reveal some descriptions (made in USA).
Ingredient list. They are identical.
So I reached out to Loreal Malaysia about the discrepancy in sourcing the products. Why is the same product Made in China and Made in USA, and here’s their response.
Here are some hand swatches.
Hand swatch. The left is 338 (spicy brown) and the right is 332 (golden caramel).
I typically mix the two shades. 338 has too much red in it and 332 is a shade lighter than mine. Mixing the two makes a perfect match.
Description: Liquid foundation that comes in 30ml or 1 fl. oz. Although the original line from Maybelline carries up to 380 Espresso, the darkest available shade in Malaysia is ONLY up to 338 Spicy Brown (unless you purchase online or Instagram shops). Just to bring to light, there’s 340, 355, 356, 358, 360, 362, 365, 368, 370, 375, AND 380! That’s almost half the shades NOT available here in Malaysia! Perhaps there just aren’t enough melanin skinned people here in Malaysia to bring those shades in. Medium to full coverage, matte finish.
Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline display, Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Aeon etc.
Freshly applied makeup.
After about six hours of wear. You can see facial oils coming through but that happens with most foundations.
True to claim, medium to full coverage. Buildable.
Feels light on the skin.
Doesn’t settle into lines.
Even with the dismal shade range available here in Malaysia, this is perhaps the only line of foundation that runs this deep (yes, if you’re dark skinned in Malaysia, there are NO drugstore options).
Doesn’t seem cakey.
For something so matte, it surprisingly looks pretty natural if not layered up too much.
Doesn’t just melt off with sweating.
Only after about 4 hours of wear, facial oils peek through which in my case is great.
If you have dry skin, this is NOT the foundation for you because it tend to grab a tiny bit on to dry patches.
Doesn’t really reduce appearance of pores (not on me at least).
Note: Although claims to keep the face matte, it doesn’t really do that for too long. But at the same time getting oily, if you’re someone with combination skin, is inevitable, so it’s not really an issue. This foundation touches up perfectly well. Just going over the face with a blotting paper and touching up with powder revives it back to almost new. If you have oily to really oily skin, the foundation tends to break apart as the oils come through but not in patches, so touching up just revives it!
I love this foundation BUT I don’t think I’d repurchase because if I did, I repurchase my beloved Sephora foundation which is actually Tati approved (link here). I do want to try out other foundations.
Just a small update with my Product Empties. If you didn’t already notice, my post frequencies have reduced to 2 posts a month. A calculated decision, definitely. My posts have also been more focused on makeup reviews, which was the main reason I started FiercePaint.
Wait… what was my point?
Oh ya, where my Product Empties are concerned, I am no more going to do this with just 5 products. I am just going to wait until I have a huge bunch of products I’ve used up and do it occasionally. I am also going to kill the annual collective empties.
So here’s my last product empties (hehehe, yes, clickbait title!!!!!!!!).
Don’t be fooled by the name, it isn’t a gloss. It is a matte liquid lipstick and a horrible one! But it wasn’t so bad to put them in a regrets post because I did get a few uses out of it. For some photoshoots and one of my stage plays. Purchased for MYR 30. NOT purchasing again!
SK-II is the BEST skincare I’ve ever used! This facial treatment essence in particular did wonders for my face. Texture was smoothed out, eyebags reduced (yes, I pat it around the eyes too), skin tone evened out, moisture locked in and not ONE zit, NOT ONE!!!!!!!!! This FTE I got from a giveaway. It is priced at a whopping MYR 239 for a meager 75 ml!!!!!!!! Not purchasing at the moment. But if I had disposable income I’d look no further.
I got this in a beauty bag I purchased from a dear late blogger friend, Fiona. She’s been mentioned before on my blog. She passed away from some health complication but right up to her last days she was a vital, healthy young woman with a bright future and one of the most popular beauty influencers in Malaysia. Her blog is still up and her posts are all there but I can’t bring myself to visit it (link here). Moving on, this product was a dud. Everytime I used it, it was like a layer of my skin was peeled off leaving a burning sensation. My skin oiled up more than usual afterwards. Price, a whopping MYR 216.40! Nope! Not purchasing.
Around since 1915, the brand was named after the founder’s sister who was the inspiration behind the entire thing. Her name was Mabel, hence Maybelline! How cool is that?! Acquired by L’Oreal in 1996, the brand was catapulted into worldwide fame.
Cream eyeshadows are, as the name suggests, eyeshadow pigment that has a semi-solid (the scientist just had to peek through huh???) consistency but once applied typically sets and dries on the skin. Cream eyeshadows are usually applied on bare skin because if a primer was applied, there would be a barrier between the skin and the shadow which may make it slip and not set and stay in place. But, this is makeup and there are no rules, so you do you!
Oooo, so pretty!
The underside of the tub.
There are two different, uhmmm, sources, I should say; made in USA and made in China. I have three from China and four from USA. Funny thing is the shades from China are not available in the USA version (not that I could find anyway). All bought from local reputable drugstores.
Going through all the colours.
Bad to the Bronze. Made in China. If you want to get any colour, get this! Perfect everyday, blend on to the eyelid, liner, mascara and you’re done kind of shade! Iridescent, sparkly finish.
Inked in Pink. Made in China. Lovely pink shade. Iridescent, sparkly finish.
Painted Purple. Made in China. This one is a tiny bit patchy but beautiful! The base is matte but there are sparkles in it.
Bold Gold. USA. Iridescent sparkly finish.
Tenacious Teal. USA. Iridescent sparkly finish.
Edgy Emerald. USA. Matte base with a lot of sparkles in it.
Audacious Asphalt. USA. Matte finish with sparkles in it.
Individual pots of cream eyeshadow (or eyeshadow bases), that come in matte and iridescent finish (I have non of the completely matte ones). I don’t exactly know how many colours there are and I have seen some of the completely matte shades reviewed by other Malaysian bloggers and YouTubers. Comes in 4 grams of product.
Price: Retails for MYR 21.05 (from Watsons and Guardian) but just wait for promotions. I bought most of mine at MYR 12.
Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline stand!
They are creamy and easy to work with.
They are completely budge-proof.
Nice range of colours.
Can be used many ways.
The neutral colours can be use on it’s own.
The pot is heavy and quite bulky.
It dries out easily.
Some shades are not very opaque and streaky and this is evident from the hand swatches.
Other things to note:
The drying out of the product can be remedied. There are lots of YouTube tutorials on this. I do suggest you stay away from the ones that utilise alcohol because it will eventually dry it out.
Using them as eyeshadow base would mean applying the product onto the eyelids and then packing on a corresponding powder shadow on it (picture below). You may also see that this particular shade, the purple one, is not completely opaque but can be easily remedied by setting it with a pressed powder shadow.
I love these cream shadows!!! If you learn how to work it you’ll love it! The neutral colours seem to work better than others.
I am not about to make grand announcements that this will be a series I will do regurlarly.
However, I do want to continue doing this with other products as well.
Anyway, this is a battle of the drugstore cleansing waters; Malaysian edition.
Just to be clear these aren’t Malaysian brand, just brands available in the Malaysian drugstore market.
I pitting 5 cleansing waters from 4 brands.
Will rate them based on;
Effectiveness (how well makeup is removed)
Gentleness (any irritation to my eyes, which aren’t sensitive to begin with, I rate it 0)
Packaging (in terms of being easy to use and if its travel friendly)
Taste (yes! this matters because I tend to remove lip products off with them as well)
Price seemed redundant because these are all affordable products at the drugstore. I based rating on a 5 point scale, 0 being the worst and 5 being best performing. I will also list price per 100 ml, and look out for additional notes on each product. A winner will be named at the end.
Before going on, I share below the look that I created for this experimentation. I did the exact same look for all the experiments.
Essence I ❤ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base
Stila In the Light palette
Essence Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner
Silkygirl Big Eye Collagen Mascara (Waterproof but easy to remove)
Silkygirl Expert Brow Slim Liner
Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara
uptown visions Concealer (product and brand no longer available)
MAC Studiofix Powder NC45
How I put all the cleansing waters to the test is to generously soak it onto a facial cotton pad, hold it onto my eyes for 10 seconds making sure the entire cotton pad is constantly in contact with the eyelid. After 10 seconds, in one gentle and thorough swipe, makeup is removed with the cotton pad.
First up Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Pure Active
Pretty well done.
Quite a lot of product on the cotton.
Average point: 2.25
Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.60
Notes: This has alcohol in it and irritated my eyes a fair bit, hence the 0 points for gentleness.
Maybelline Micellar Water
Most product off, even mascara even compared to the previous contender.
All the mascara on the cotton!
Average point: 3.25
Retail price per 100ml: MYR 12.45
Notes: Although packaging is only received 2 points, it is actually the safest to travel with although not the most convenient to use.
Biore Perfect Cleansing Water
Pretty effective although a tiny bit of mascara was left behind.
Most of the makeup off.
Average point: 2
Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.70
Note: The most bitter tasting and the one that hurts my eyes the most!
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
So much makeup left behind. And you can see my eyes still wet from the cleansing water.
Not much mascara and liner on the pad compared to the others.
Average point: 1.5
Retail price per 100ml: MYR 11.45
Notes: Taste pretty bitter, only second to the Biore and irritated my eyes just as much!
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Not as effective as its blue counterpart.
Much of the makeup is off.
Average point: 2.75
Retail price per 100 ml: MYR 11.60
Notes: This didn’t irritate my eyes and it usually removes any residual makeup with a second swipe.
Cheapest per 100ml, Simple Micellar Water (MYR 11.45)
Most expensive per 100ml, Maybelline Micellar Water (MYR 12.45)
Difference of one ringgit which is a tiny compensation given that the Simple scored the lowest.
SO my champion is………………………..
If you are reading, I do hope you find what you were looking for or find some relevant information here to make a judgement call. This is solely my experimentation and my point of view, albeit being properly put to the test.
This is a review for the Color Sensational Bold Matte Lipstick and I have the shade Mat6 (Maroon Red) which is the darkest red colour in the line. There are 4 other shades in this range, Mat2 (Sugar Pink), Mat 4 (Vivid Coral), Mat5 (Bold Red), and Mat7 (Nude Beige). I would advice deep, warm, Indian skin toned people like myself to avoide Mat2 and Mat7; these two colours will wash you out! I chose this colour because a deep red colour on the lips is a common constitute of classical Indian dance makeup.
Testament to how loved a product is all the dents and nicks on it!
Deep red colour! Gorgeous!
This is a picture taken in which I was wearing the lipstick. I apologise for the tiny picture because this is actually a group shot that I cropped. You can see that the lipstick is still there. This picture was taken AFTER a performance which attests to its staying power.
Description: It is a long lasting matte lipstick that is devoid of taste and scent. There’s 4.2g of product in it; similar to the other Color Sensational lipsticks. The shade Mat6 is a deep maroon red colour which will flatter many skin tones albeit difference in intensity. It also does not appear completely matte.
Price: Anywhere between MYR 17 to 32 depending on where you buy and factoring in discounts.
Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline booth set up; Watsons, Guardian, Caring, Tesco, Aeon…
It glides on smoothly and does not tug on the lips AT ALL!
Highly HIGHLY pigmented!
VERY opaque; it is a swipe-one-layer-to-get-colour-payoff kind of lipstick.
Long lasting and as you have already seen, it leaves a stain on the lips.
Comfortable on the lips.
Does not emphasize fine lines and dry patches on the lips.
It is not smudge proof and hence will transfer.
When wearing dark lipsticks that transfer, lipstick stain on the teeth is a highly possible phenomenon, as is with this lipstick.
I simply LOVE this lipstick! When using it I’ll usually do the suck-a-finger trick to remove excess product from my inner lips to avoid teeth stains!
Again, we’re back at it. Fellow blogger Lakshmi (author of Big is Compatible, link here) and Instagrammers, Geetha (@geethavijaymakeup), and Esther (@estherkaurmann) and I have collaborated on Instagram to bring you our best beauty discoveries of 2016.
I have 9 products all of which I discovered in 2016!
I really wouldn’t know where to begin reviewing this so I am not going to. If you need a refreshing mist or even something to wet your makeup brush to pack product on, this is perhaps the most affordable mist you could use! Try it! It smells great and refreshes the skin.
3. Catrice Blush Artist Shading Palette in 010 Bronzeclat
I am not a big fan of the highlighter trend and with that being said the two highlighters in this palette aren’t all that impressive anyway. But the deep matte blusher on the left is absolutely beautiful!!! Have yet to test out longevity but it blends beautifully and is perfect for dark skin!
4. Essence Shading Powder
I purchased this towards the end of 2015 but only started using this in 2016 so I’d consider this a 2016 discovery. The bronzer is apparently a dupe for the Benefit Hoola bronzer. I’d have to check that out myself in the future. Again, I really don’t care for the highlighter but the bronzer blends easily and is pretty neutral so one could use it to contour as well.
5. Essence Mosaic Blush in 30, Kissed by the Sun
This is too light to show up as a blush on me but, because the mosaics are made up of both shimmery and matte components, they end up mixing into a perfect highlighter shade for dark skin! It is pretty subtle which is why I love this! I can get away with this even with boy makeup. I was gifted this by Lakshmi for my birthday! Thanks love!
6. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
This is a perfect replacement for my Stila sponge which I had to part with. This one hasn’t torn yet and it does a good job. I do prefer the Stila sponge over this but this is much more affordable if purchased via an IG shop.
7. Makeup Revolution Blush in Sugar
I got this in a giveaway and it came all the way from England!!! I won this from Rachael, author of Helpless Whilst Drying (link here). Makeup Revolution was previously available in Malaysia but they somehow got lost into obscurity. This blush is amazing!
8. Breena Beauty Eye Essential Kit Makeup Brushes
High quality, vegan, cruelty free brushes! I wrote an entire first impressions post on these brushes (link here). They now offer international shipping!
9. Etude House My Beauty Tool Face Brush 130 Contour
I bought this in 2015 but only discovered its best use in 2016. I used this first as an eyeshadow blending brush but realised that MannyMua liked using makeup brushes with long loosely packed bristles to highlight, much like this one. Baby, I tried it with this brush and I was sold! I hate using a fan brush to highlight because of its sloppy nature. I don’t own one and don’t think I need to…
So there you go!
My best 2016 beauty discoveries!
PS: There’s one product there that isn’t included in this list but makes two appearances. It is the Essence Make Me Brow eyebrow gel mascara. It’s not here because it made my ride or die list (post link here) and I’ve reviewed it before (review link here).